architecture & design
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A closer look into Passivhauss

On January 17 we attended the RIBA Passivhaus debate: Rewards and challenges in social housing at the SS Britain in Bristol, where we could listen to experts on the current passive house situation in the UK. This conference has encouraged us to study the Passivhaus more thoroughly.

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Acoustics in Architecture

One of the things I like most about the architectural profession is that it gives you the opportunity to work on very different projects, not only from the design point of view but also from a technical point of view. 

 At KVIST we have had the opportunity to work in different project with different acoustic needs, from a very specialized type of building, working really close with acoustician specialists to small office where the level of noise is really important regarding to privacy for the clients.  

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Sustainable Interiors

Specification of ecological materials, recycling and reuse is no longer the future, but the present. We, the designers, have the responsibility to introduce these elements in our designs, communicate the importance and relevance of the use of sustainable materials and inform clients of the many alternative options and how to apply them responsibly. Subtle changes in lifestyle can really impact climate change on a larger scale without detracting from lifestyle.

1.    Sustainable design strategies and materials. 

If you have the opportunity to start from the beginning of a project there are a few things which are really easy to achieve that will make your house eco-friendly. Taking this approach can also give a more comfortable house with lower bills to pay.

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Planning a Project

Starting a project can be a daunting task, and most of our clients have never been through the process before. It is never too early to get in touch with an Architect or interior designer as we can help you formulate your initial ideas and advise on how best to proceed. We regularly visit potential sites with clients and produce sketch feasibility layouts to help them get an idea of whether the property is right for them.

Professional designers have a unique ability to identify opportunities and constraints from the widest possible perspective; and also focus in on very small details which make your project unique and specific to your needs.

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Unusual Projects

As design professionals design we are used to working on different types of projects, from a small house to a big commercial scheme, but sometimes a truly unusual challenge comes up that makes us rethink standard solutions and look at the project with different eyes.

Our team at KVIST have had the opportunity to work on a few of these usual projects over the years.

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How to approach inspiring commercial interiors

When designing a space, either independently or when working with an interior designer, start by considering the atmosphere that you want to create and the values which are important to project to visitors and users. This will set you on a path to choosing a style, defining a colour scheme and palette, as well as making informed material choices which all work together to strengthen your vision…

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Realising Dreams

When you buy a listed property, it’s not because it makes financial sense but because you’ve fallen in love with the building, its character, its charm, its context. Historic houses often have generous rooms, higher ceilings and unique windows, bigger gardens and a more mature setting than new builds. They also have a story, which an extremely exciting medium to work with…

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Designing for Experience

Hiring an Interior Designer may seem like a luxury, but the benefits far outweigh the investment. When clients have been in an environment for a while, they often fall into the routine of their current space which can make them blind to its potential. Equally, a new investment can often fuel the imagination beyond what is sensible to achieve. We are dedicated to each creative brief that we are given, listening to your aspirations and tailoring a bespoke creative vision which can be delivered by our expert contacts and suppliers.

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Getting the most from your office redesign

Creativedesign of the physical environment around us has the power to innovate businesses and reinforce a company's identity. Our personal identities can also be strongly linked with our work environment, not just our home setting, which makes an aspirational workspace a key contributor to our overall wellbeing. If you’re thinking of creating a new work environment to accommodate business growth or to facilitate a change in direction, here are some key things to consider before starting to give you the best chance of success…

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Does sustainability have to mean biomass boilers and solar panels?

We recently submitted an opinion piece for the architecture competition organiser Bee Breeders’ first issue print publication, ARCHHIVE; which will focus on affordable housing. The question was ‘what is affordable housing’. Our premise was that a successful building or home has to be affordable for the specific user, as well as affordable for the environment. 

This article, as well as the upcoming London Affordable Housing Challenge design competition, has got us thinking about the broader meaning of a valuable sustainable design response…

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